IRANIAN CANADIAN ORAL HISTORY 

Name * Article Only Description Picture
Abdullah Hamidi President of Aralia Interior Plantscaping
Board member of Canadian Society of Iranian Engineers and Architects
Recipient of The Ontario 10 Year Volunteer Service Award from Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, 2004
Recipient of Service Award from Mohandes (Canadian Society of Iranian Engineers and Architects), 2008
Worked with Iranian Media to introduce the outdoor attractions of the GTA to the community
Abdullah Hamidi arrived in Canada in 1986
Abdullah Hamidi-Sep17-2013-
Ahmad Sakhavarz Accomplished painter, cartoonist and sculptor
His works housed in both private and corporate collections across North America
His works exhibited in numerous museums and galleries across Canada and the United States. Including: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, The Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, and The Leigh Yawkey Art Museum in Wisconsin.
He is a signature member of the Society of animal artists and the Oil painters of America.
Ahmad (Alan) Sakhavarz arrived in Canada in 1980
 AhmadSakhavarz_Feb6_2014
 Ahmad Tabrizi Entrepreneur, philanthropist and a volunteer
Founder of Parya Trillium Foundation (2002)
Co-founder of the Iran-Canada Business Council and the Persian Circle and Canadian
Co-founder of Bam Reconstruction Committee (Constructed a school in the Iranian city of Bam in 2007)
Awarded “Distinction in Business Medal” by Lieutenant Governor General of Ontario (2008)
Awarded “Diamond Jubilee Medal” by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II (2012)
Recipient of “Pioneers for Change (Community Engagement) Award” from Skills for Change (2014)
Ahmad Reza Tabrizi arrived in Canada in 1984
 Ahmad Tabrizi_Nov25_2013
Aladdin Mohaghegh Ph.D, MBA, MASenior Financial Advisor at the University of Toronto
Appointed Public Member of Council at the Ontario College of Pharmacists (2005 to present)
Chair of Board of Inquiry, appointed by the College’s Registrar since 2009
Member of the Board of Directors, Metro Credit Union, 2000-2003
Dr Aladdin Mohaghegh arrived in Canada in 1976
 Aladdin Mohaghegh May31-2013
 Azam Alexanian Owner of 1st Iranian Restaurant in Toronto, Darvish 1985 (Bloor/Dundas)
Azam Alexanian arrived in Canada in Sep 1973
Azam Alexanian-Nov12-2013-
Arsalan Mohajer Ph.D., D.I.C., P.Geo. , research scientist and an adjunct professor at University of Toronto from1986 to 2008
Published over 60 research papers in scientific journals
Member of a steering committee working on “Universities and Global Responsibilities in 2004
Member of the Governing Council of the International Seismological Centre
Recipient of “Thomas Roy Award” of the Canadian Geotechnical Society in 1991
Founding member of the Association of Geoscientists of Ontario and first councillor from 2000 to 2004
Director and president of Canadian Society of Iranian Engineers and Architects in early 1990s.
Published science articles in Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, and accepted frequent interviews with CBC, CTV, Global TV, BBC news media.
Chairman and partner (with his wife Minoo Mohajer) of 7 Central Montessori Schools
Dr. Arsalan Mohajer arrived in Canada in 1986
 Arsalan Mohajer_Feb3_2014
Assadollah Zarinmehr Producer and owner of Shahr-e Ma TV on Rogers’ television (October 1994) that was transformed into ITC TV in 2007
Editor and owner of Shahre Ma Weekly Magazine (2004 to Present)
Asad Zarrinmehr arrived in Canada on July 1, 1988
 Assad Zarinmehr_Dec13_2013
Ayoob Mossanen* Neurologist at Toronto East General Hospital since 1971
Dr. Ayoob Mossanen arrived in Canada in 1966
Bahram Parsi Founder of Persian Heritage Language in Sep 1980
Cofounder and board member of Iranian Community Association of Ontario in for several terms
Bahram Parsi arrived in Canada on Aug 8, 1974
 Bahram Parsi_April18_2014
Esfandiar Nik khah CEO of ANDRE LABORATORY INC
Esfandiar Nik khah arrived in Canada on Dec 20, 1977 on Student Visa
 Esfandiar_Nikkhah_July23_2013
Eshrat Arjomandi  Ph.D., P.Eng.
University Professor Emeritus, Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, York University
Chair of the Department (First female chair )and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, York University
First female PhD student at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto
Dr. Eshrat Arjomandi srrived in Canada on Sep 8, 1971 on Student Visa

http://www.cse.yorku.ca/~eshrat/

 Eshrat Arjomandi_Oct 28_2013
Ezat Mossallanejad Policy Analyst and Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
Dr. Mossallanejad is a member of the Editorial Board of Refugee Update, The Canadian Centre for International Justice and a former board member of the Inter-Church Committee for Refugees
Dr. Mossallanejad has worked with several UN bodies in connection with refugee protection and eradication of torture. He has authored a number of books as well as numerous articles in Persian and English.
Dr. Ezat Mossallanejad  arrived in Canada: Feb 12, 1985
 Ezat Mosalanejat_Nov21_2013
Faredeh Nasehi (Farivar) Cofounder of Association of Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario
ESL Instructor for parents of students who were studying Farsi at Farsi School
Farideh Nassehi arrived in Canada on Jan 18, 1980
 Farideh Nassehi_Sep 12_2013
Fereshteh Hossein Doust (Mohyeddin) Cofounder and vice president of Iranian Community Association of Ontario in the first 2 terms
Fereshteh Hossein Doust  arrived in Canada on June 6, 1979
 Freshteh_Hosein_Doost_July31_2013
Firoozeh Athari Architect, artist and curator
Owner and director of Arta Gallery in Toronto’s Historic Distillery District since 2003
Arta Gallery features international and local artists, emerging and established to the Toronto community
Firozeh Athari arrived in Canada on June 22, 2001
 Firoozeh Athari_Nov 22_2013
Fred Kasravi * Entrepreneur, philanthropist and a volunteer
He served on the boards of the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Place, and the Royal Roads University Foundation.  He also founded and chaired the Friends of HMCS Haida, and by his efforts this historical naval vessel was successfully preserved and is now a museum in Toronto.
Kasravi’s accomplishments are many and included, Citizen of the Year in 1991 (Canada), Order of St. Georgers 1981 (Grand Officer of France), Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in 1981 (Britain), The Silver Benefactor Medal-the Royal Life Saving Society of Canada in 1987
Fred Kasravi arrived in Canada in 1960
Fred Tcharmtchi* Businessman, owner of a chain of auto dealerships in Ontario from 70s to 90s
Fred Tcharmtchi arrived in Canada in 1966
 Hadi Mahabadi* An innovation leader and strategic thinker
Vice President and Director of XRCC
His accomplishments are many and included:
Officer of the Order of Canada, Top 25 Canadian Immigrants and New Pioneer’s Award in Science and Technology.
Published more than 100 scientific papers, holds over 89 US patents
He served on the boards of Chemical Institute of Canada, Diversity Committee of Toronto Board of Trade, and member of Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
Dr. Hadi Mahabadi arrived in Canada in 1970’s
Jafar Joharchi (Neshat) Musician, artist and singerAmong the first Haji Pirouz performing at various Nowruz celebration in the community (1988 to present)Jafar Joharchi (Neshat) arrived in Canada in 1986  Jafar Joharchi_Neshat_Jan27_2014
 Jamil Mardukhi* Researcher and longstanding leader in Structural Engineering
Vice President of NCK Engineering Ltd
Lead Structural Engineer of the CN Tower in 1974
Chef Engineer responsible for all inspections, monitoring and revamping of the CN Tower since its completion
Published many scientific papers and appeared in numerous presentations and media reports
Presented at conferences on tall Towers, Wind Towers and Earthquake research
Pioneer in organizing The Canadian Society of Iranian Engineers and Architect, The Ontario Kurdish Association in 1987 and Iranian Student Association at University of Toronto in 1973
Jamil Mardukhi arrived in Canada in 1973
Javad Hassanein Cofounder of Canadian Society of Iranian Engineers and Architects (Mohandes) on April 17, 1988
Javad Hassanein migrated to Canada in Aug, 1982
 Javad Hassanien_April 2-2014
Javad Mostaghimi PhD, PEng, FCAE, FASME, FCSME, FIUPAC, FEIC, FAAAS
Distinguished Professor in Plasma Engineering & Director
Dr Javad Mostaghimi arrived in Canada in Sep 1982
 Javad Mostaghimi_Sep26 2013
Jian Ghomeshi* Award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer
Host and co-creator of Q, on CBC Radio One and CBC TV
Host of the Gemini Award-winning CBC TV program, Play
Appeared as a contributor or guest on CNN Today and The National and Late Night with Conan O’Brien
Published articles in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The National Post, El Mundo and The International Herald Tribune
Singer, songwriter, and musician
Former member of the Board of Governors at the Stratford Theatre Festival
Awarded the prestigious New York Festivals international radio broadcasting gold medal for “Best Talk Show Host.” He was previously awarded the gold medal for “Talk Show Interview”
In September 2012, Jian released his first book, 1982
Jian Ghomeshi arrived in Canada in 1974
Karim Hakim* Founder of Hakim Optical in 1967
Entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist
On June 24th, 2005 at Queen’s Park Toronto, Ontario’s Parliament Hall, Mr. K. Hakim became knight of The Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem
Sir Karim Hakimi arrived in Canada in 1965
Karim Zayyani Author, poet, researcher and translator
Teacher of the Nimatullahi sufi order at the house of Sufism in Toronto
Karim Zayyani arrived in Canada on Oct 29, 1991
 Karim Zayyani_Feb10_2014
Lili Nabavi Social Activist, Board Member of Mohandes, Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario, Iranian’s Cultural and Artistic Club of Ontario since 90s among many other organizations and Radio Program Producer
Lili Nabavi migrated to Canada on Oct 29, 1991
 Lili Nabavi_Nov11_2013
Mahboubeh Katirai Psychotherapist and social and human right activist
Masters in Social Work
Author of Assessing the Needs of Alternative Services for Culturally Diverse Assault Women 1991
Mahboubeh Katirai arrived in Canada in 1976
 Mahboubeh Katirai Nov 26_2013
Mahmoud  Hafezi * General surgeon and family physician at Toronto Central Hospital.
Dr. Mahmoud D. Hafezi arrived in Montreal in August 1953 and In August 1954 he moved to Toronto
 Manoo Missaghi Entrepreneur, strategic thinker and volunteer
Co-Founder and President of Iranian Community Association of Ontario in the first 2 terms
Co-Founder of the Iranian-Canadian Network (IC Network) in 2002
Co-Founder and President of Iranian Canadian Congress in 2007
Manoo Missaghi migrated to Canada in Sep 27, 1984
 Manoo Missaghi-Sep24-2013-
Marya Faghani Organizer of Nowruz Ball at the ROM 1992
Marya Faghani arrived in Canada on Nov 27,1979
 Mary_Faghani_Jun11_2013
Mehdi Hashemi Author of” From Iran to Canada”
Mehdi Hashemi arrived in Canada on 20/12/1965
 Mehdi_Hashemi_July5_2013
Mitra Ghavamian Artist, scenic painter, costume and fashion designer
She worked as a scenic painter and breakdown artist for films such as X-men, Resident Evil, Bulletproof monk, Wrong Turn etc., and for the Lion King among other theatre productions.
She has been nominated twice for the Pauline McGibbon Award for a production crafts person and once for the New Pioneers Award for an artist.
She had many group and solo exhibitions in Canada and USA.
Mitra Ghavamian arrived in Canada in 1994
 Mitra Ghavamian_Oct30_2013
Mohammad Kazemi* Chairman of Mihan Publishing Inc., president of the Persian Traditional Art and Cultural Foundation, and editor of Rasaneh, a newsmagazine. In 1984, he organized an international congress honouring the 800th annivesary of the birth of Sa’di, In 1986, he authored a book, Iranians in Ontario, A New Community in a Land of Opportunity.
He was former deputy prime minister of Iran
Mohammad Sadegh Kazemi arrived in Canada in 1979
 Mohammad Tajdolati  Journalist, Editor in Chief , Broadcaster and a Social / Community Activist
Served on the boards of ; National Ethnic Press Council of Canada , Persian Circle, Iranian Canadian Congress, Iranian-Canadian Youth Support Group and Bam Relief Committee
Co-founder of Iranian Fire Festival Committee
Recipient of Certificate and Medal from National Ethnic Press Council of Canada for : Humanities/Academia/Journalism and Outstanding Achievement and Community Service
Ombudsman of National Ethnic Press
Dr. Mohammad Tajdolati arrived in Canada in March 2004
 Mohammad Tajdolati-July4-2013-
Mojtaba Darakhshan* Owner of 1st Iranian book Store in Toronto, Pegah 1991
The Book store originally was located on Yonge and Eglinton and was called   “Daneshe Noe”
Mojtaba Darakhshan arrived in Canada in 1980s
Morteza Abdolalian Founding member of the Journalists in Exile and sits on the board of the Canadian Journalist for Free Expression and member of the Oakville Writers Group
Morteza Abdolalian migrated to Canada in 1989
 Morteza_Abdolalian_Feb6_2014
Morteza Hashemi Cofounder of Islamic Center of Vali-e Asr in 1992
Morteza Hashemi migrated to Canada in 1973
 Morteza Hashemi Oct 29_2013
Mostafa Moshtaghi Social worker and community activist
Youth settlement worker at COSTI Immigrant Services
Mostafa Moshtaghi arrived in Canada on May 12, 1987
 Mostafa Moshtaghi_Dec18_2013
Nader Malek Owner of 1st Iranian Pastry in Toronto, Shirini Sara 1990
Nader Malek arrived in Canada in 1989
Nader Malek_Dec9_2013
 Niaz Salimi  Artist, actress, social / community activist and journalist
She served on the boards of Iranian Canadian Congress and Canadian Peace Alliance
She also was co-founder of vAzhé, Iranian Queer OrganizatioMohammad Tajdolatin, Muslim Canadian Congress and Iranian Canadian Arts Council
Member of National Ethnic Press and editor of Sepidar Cultural Magazine
Niaz Salimi arrived in Canada on Dec 7, 1989
Niaz Salimi June 27-2013-
Parvin Jalili Cofounder of Association of Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario
Parvin Jalili arrived in Canada in 1976
 Parvin Jalili Oct3_2013
Parviz Yousefian Musician, composer, teacher (santour, tombak and Persian classical vocal)
Founder of “Mehrvarzan Ensemble”in 1994 which performed in Montreal, Ottawa, Europe and the United States
The ensemble performed at CBC’s Glen Gould Studio in 1995 and Harbourfront Centre in 2008.
The Mehrvarzan Ensemble has recorded two CDs
Food Science Professor at Centennial College
Co-founder of Canadian Society of Iranian Food and Nutritional Scientists in 2004
Pirouz Yousefian arrived in Canada in 1988
 Pirouz Yousefian_Nov16_2013
Pary Missagi Founder of Persian Story Time (Zange Gheseh) at Fairview Public Library in 1993
Recipient of Awards from:
National Ethnic Press Council of Canada in 2004
York Region District School Board for Exemplary Leadership in 2011
York Region District School Board for over 20 years of dedicated services as the Site Administrator  in 2012
Parvaneh Missaghi migrated to Canada in Oct, 1984
 Parvaneh Missaghi_Oct2-2013
Reza Moridi * The First Iranian-Canadian elected to a Provincial Legislature in Ontario
Appointed as Ontario Minister of:
Research and Innovation
Training Colleges and Universities
Served on the Council of Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario and on the advisory boards of the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, Justice Net, Education International for the Poor and Spirit of Life
The Canadian Nuclear Society presented Reza Moridi with the Education and Communication Award
Dr. Moridi arrived in Canada in 1991
Saeid Nehzati Owner of 1st Iranian Grocery Store in Toronto, Dan Bakery 1984:  363 Wilson Ave (Wilson and Bathurst)
Board Member of Iranian Community Association of Ontario for several terms
Saeid Nehzati arrived in Canada on Oct 18, 1983
 Saeid Nehzati_Sep13_2013
Saeid Taheri*  Entrepreneur, philanthropist and a volunteer
Owner of 1st Foreign Exchange Company based in Toronto
Sponsor of the Iranian Soccer League in 1990s among many other artistic and cultural events
Taheri Exchange 1987 (Originally at Yonge and Eglinton)
Saeid Taheri arrived in Canada in 1980s
Shahin Alexanian Owner of 1st Iranian Restaurant in Toronto, Darvish 1985 (Bloor/Dundas)
Shahin Alexanian arrived in Canada in 1972
 Shahin Alexanian_Dec20_2013
Shahram Saremi Co-founder of the Iranian-Canadian Network (IC Network) in 2002
Co-founder of the Iranian Canadian Support Group (IC Youth Organization) in 2003
Founder and President at CDI Marketing and Advertising Agency; publisher of Yellow Page, The Iranian Directory in Canada (1984 to Present)
Shahram Saremi arrived in Canada in 1981
 Shahram Saremi Nov 27_2013
Shamsi Raisian Social and human right activistShe proudly introduce herself as the first open (1996) and oldest Iranian lesbian in TorontoShamsi Riasatian arrived in Canada in Nov 1987  Shamsi Riasatian Nov 26_2013
 Shokofeh Dilmaghani  Community Development Worker
Recipient of Award from National Ethnic Press Council of Canada for : Humanities and Outstanding Achievement
Co-founder of:
Iranian-Canadian Social Service Providers’ Network (ICSSPN) in 2000
Iranian-Canadian Network (IC Network) in 2002
Iranian Canadian Support Group (IC Youth Organization) in 2003
Lead Reasercher of ” Who Are We? The Iranians in Toronto Today” 1999
Shokofeh Dilmaghani arrived in Canada in Aug 1974
Soheil Parsa Award-winning director, actor, writer, dramaturg, choreographer and teacher
Founder of Modern Times Stage Company in 1989
Recipient of New Pioneers Award by Skills for Change for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts by a recent immigrant to Canada (1995)
Soheil’s works recognized with four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Chalmers Fellowship in 2002, and a senior artist creation grant from the Canada Council
In 2007 and 2010 he was short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre Celebrating Directors, the highest honour in Canadian theatre.
Soheil Parsa arrived in Canada in March 1984
 Soheil Parsa_April28-2013-
Soleyman Naderi Vaseghi-Soli Known as “Soley” a musician, singer and song writer
His albums; “Vaghehe”, “The Water” and “The Rainbow” are inspired by the lessons of Sufism and based on the poetry of Rumi, Hafez, Roudaki and Sohrab Sepehri.
Soley joined Lian Ensemble in 2002, initiating his involvement with Persian Classical music.
He has always been active and very supportive of special events within the Iranian community; the most well-known being the 2004 fundraising concerts in Los Angeles and San Francisco for the Bam earthquake survivors and for Sohiel Parsa in Toronto
Soleyman Vaseghi arrive in Canada in June 1986
 Soleyman Naderi Vaseghi-Soli-April 9-2013-
 Sussan Ekrami* Philanthropist and Volunteer
Co-founder and President of the Norooz Education Foundation (1985)
Served as volunteer at Behnam Charity Group, Mehr foundation and Noor Ehsan
MBA graduate from the Iran Management Institute
Sussan Ekrami arrived in Canada in 1980 (Visited Canada in 1975 and 1977)